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composer , conductor , teacher , violinist

Rodolphe Kreutzer was a French violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer.


Kreutzer was born in 1766 in Versailles, France. His father was a musician in the royal chapel.


He was initially taught by his German father with later lessons from Anton Stamitz.


He became one of the foremost violin virtuosos of his day, appearing as a soloist until 1810. He was a violin professor at the Conservatoire de Paris from its foundation in 1795 until 1826. He was co-author of the Conservatoire's violin method with Pierre Rode and Pierre Baillot, and the three are considered the founding trinity of the French school of violin playing. For a time, Kreutzer was leader of the Paris Opera, and from 1817 he conducted there too.

He was well known for his style of bowing, his splendid tone, and the clearness of his execution.


  • His compositions include nineteen violin concertos and forty operas. His best-known works, however, are the 42 études ou caprices (42 Études or Capriccios, 1796) which are fundamental pedagogic studies.


Pierre Rode